Belarus seeks to enter Afghanistan’s market through Tajikistan

DUSHANBE (TCA) — Belarus has called on Tajikistan to work together in the market of Afghanistan, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said during his meeting with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon on December 1 in the Belarusian capital Minsk, Belarus’ BelTA news agency reported.

“We have had many meetings with the leadership, business, and political elite of Afghanistan. However difficult the situation may be there, still this is a country of millions of people. They ask us to help them with technology and manufactures there. And I thought that if we set up such enterprises in Tajikistan, Afghanistan (with the participation of our people), we will be able to do it fast,” Lukashenko said.

“You could be a good consultant and guide for us because you are best informed of the situation in Afghanistan. It would be a good job if shared between the three countries,” Lukashenko added.

Lukashenko also said he will send representatives of Belarusian major companies to Tajikistan to study the possibilities for setting up new joint ventures there.

“I believe that we need something that would become a true foundation of our relations. This is, of course, the economic sector,” the Belarusian leader said. “I will send representatives of our largest companies, and we will try to set up joint ventures in Tajikistan, which will work both for the market of Tajikistan and third countries.”

The Belarusian president also said that an agreement was reached to organize a large-scale expo of Belarusian goods and to hold a business forum in Tajikistan in the near future.

“We have agreed to hold, in the near future, maybe in spring, a large-scale expo of our companies and enterprises in Tajikistan. The idea is to branch out together into the markets of Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Lukashenko said.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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